Nine dead and 20 trapped under collapsed building following Mumbai floods

Nine dead and 20 trapped under collapsed building following Mumbai floods

At least nine people have died and around 20 others are feared trapped under the rubble of a building which collapsed following heavy rain in Mumbai. The five-storey Hussain building in the south of the city had 11 families living in it when it collapsed. Image: Around 20 people are feared trapped under the rubble “A 43-member team is conducting rescue operations,” an official for India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) told AFP. A play…

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Toddlers among six killed as monsoon lashes Mumbai

Toddlers among six killed as monsoon  lashes Mumbai

Torrential monsoon rains have brought Mumbai to a halt – destroying homes and leaving thousands of people stranded. Police say a woman and two toddlers were killed after houses collapsed in the Indian city’s suburbs, while three other people died after being swept away by floodwater. Commuters in the city of 20 million waded through swirling waist-high waters after the financial hub’s transport network was paralysed – with trains cancelled and bus services suspended. Footage…

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China and India agree to end border standoff

China and India agree to end border standoff

India’s foreign affairs ministry says country has agreed with China on ‘expeditious disengagement’ of border troops. India and China have agreed on an “expeditious disengagement” of troops at a disputed border area in the Himalayas, where their soldiers have been locked in standoff for more than two months, according to India’s foreign ministry. The decision comes in the run-up to a summit of the BRICS nations – a grouping that also includes Brazil, Russia and…

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India guru rape: High alert ahead of Ram Rahim sentence

India guru rape: High alert ahead of Ram Rahim sentence

Indian security forces have been put on high alert ahead of the sentencing of a controversial guru convicted of rape. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s followers rioted after Friday’s verdict in Panchkula – 38 people were killed. The self-styled holy man was found guilty of sexually assaulting two female followers. He faces a maximum sentence of life in jail. A curfew has been imposed in several areas of Haryana and Punjab states, while the capital Delhi…

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12 die in unrest as Ram Rahim Singh convicted

12 die in unrest as Ram Rahim Singh convicted

At least 12 people have been killed in violent protests over the rape conviction of a popular religious leader in north India. The victims are believed to be Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s followers. Angry supporters are rampaging through Panchkula town, near Chandigarh. Reports of widespread vandalism are coming in. At least two railway stations have been set on fire. Followers also smashed cars and set media vans alight. The latest death toll was reported by…

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India guru rape case: Violence as Ram Rahim Singh gets convicted

India guru rape case: Violence as Ram Rahim Singh gets convicted

Violence has broken out in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh after a popular guru was convicted of rape. Angry supporters of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh have gone on a rampage in the city, with reports coming in of two railway stations being set on fire. Followers also smashed cars and set media vans alight, the BBC’s Robin Singh says. More than 200,000 of Singh’s followers had flocked to the city ahead of the verdict….

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India court bans Islamic instant divorce

India court bans Islamic instant divorce

India’s top court has ruled the practice of instant divorce in Islam unconstitutional, marking a major victory for women’s rights activists. In a 3-2 majority verdict, the court called the practice “un-Islamic”. India is one of a handful of countries where a Muslim man can divorce his wife in minutes by saying the word talaq (divorce) three times. The landmark court decision came in response to petitions challenging the so-called “triple talaq” custom. The cases…

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Indian rape victim, 10, gives birth by Caesarean section

Indian rape victim, 10, gives birth by Caesarean section

A 10-year-old rape victim who was denied permission for an abortion by the Indian Supreme Court last month has given birth to a baby girl. The girl is not aware that she has given birth. During her pregnancy she was told her bulge was because she had a big stone in her stomach. The baby weighing 2.5kg (5.5lb) was delivered by Caesarean section in Chandigarh at 09:22 (03:52 GMT). Both the mother and the newborn…

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India media storm over 10-year-old pregnant rape victim

India media storm over 10-year-old pregnant rape victim

A 10-year-old girl who is pregnant and has been refused an abortion is at the centre of a media storm in India. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey travelled to the northern city of Chandigarh to piece together her story. “We have seen lots of cases of teenage pregnancies involving 14 to 15-year-olds, but this is the first ever case that I have seen of a 10-year-old,” said Mahavir Singh, of the Chandigarh State Legal Services Authority….

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